The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has decried the increase in registration fees by the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

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According to NAN, the students’ association is calling for a downward review of the fee, adding that most of the students “can’t afford it.”

Suleiman Muhammad-Sarki, the national vice president of the association (for special duties), spoke on the fee hike at a news conference in Maiduguri.

He said the recent increase in the fee by the institution is “unnecessary”.

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The VP also pointed out that the northeast region was recovering from the insurgency.

“Increment of any amount on registration charges will definitely lead to a huge number of school dropouts across the country,” he said.

“The recent hike in registration charges by some Nigerian universities does not come to us as a surprise but as an affront to war against insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.

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“Students who are unable to pay the new fee might end up becoming dropouts and this will add to the rising number of youth restiveness in Nigeria.

“[This] may also in return increase the number of insurgents, bandits, and kidnappers.

“As a student who paid N30,000 last session, I could not afford to pay N74,000 now expected from the latest increase, and I may be forced to quit studies.”

The unionist urged the government and other stakeholders to intervene to enable indigent students to access quality education.

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Earlier, Ahmed Lawan, UNIMAID registrar, announced an upward review of registration fees and other charges.

“The action is as a result of the rising cost of laboratory items, teaching and learning materials,” he said.



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